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16th April 2024

Young Chef Young Waiter and Young Mixologist England announces 12 finalists

Written by: Edward Waddell
Young Chef Young Waiter and Young Mixologist England has announced the 12 finalists who will compete in this year's highly anticipated competition.

Heading to the Ascot Racecourse, this event is set to take place on St. George's Day (23rd April 2024) celebrating the rich heritage and culture of Britain. YYY England is open to all young hospitality professionals aged 28 years old or under from any background and promises to showcase the brightest talents in the industry.

The finalists have been selected by a judging panel, from a list of entries from the online application platform. Applicants had to answer a series of questions as well as submitting a video of themselves.

Young Chef Young Waiter was established in 1979 and only operated in England for 42 years. Over the past years, the competition has expanded around the world and is now in its 45th year.

Young Mixologist England, organised by YYY and elevated by NEFT Vodka, returns for its third year, further enriching the competition landscape and providing young mixologists with a platform to showcase their craft alongside chefs and waiters.

Robert Walton MBE, YYY Chairman said: “As chairman of the event, I am thrilled to witness the evolution of our competition, nurturing, and showcasing the passion, skills, and dedication of the next generation of hospitality professionals. Each year, YYY provides an unparalleled platform for young talents to excel, learn, and network, defining their careers in an ever-evolving industry."

The Young Chef finalists are:

  • Sebastian Brooks, The Dorchester
  • Megan Drayson, Bowley’s at the plough
  • Joel Light, Frog by Adam Handling
  • Rojay Sargeant, The Cove Club

The Young Waiter Finalists are:

  • Joel Knotman, Woven by Adam Smith
  • James Bott, Ugly Butterfly by Adam Handling
  • Lisa Dransfield – The Samling Hotel
  • Nicoleta Munteanu, Frog by Adam Handling

The Young Mixologist Finalists are:

  • Alicia Burd, Soho Farmhouse
  • Johnathan Steers, Beaufort Bar at The Savoy
  • Drew Fleming, Kiki Lounge
  • Khris McLaren, Ugly Butterfly by Adam Handlin

During the England finals, the panel of Judges will select one chef, one waiter, and one mixologist after they participate in a series of challenges, who will be titled YYY England Champions 2024. Following their triumph, the England winners will head to Singapore for the World Young Chef Young Waiter and Young Mixologist World Finals, where they will proudly represent England.

They will compete against regional winners from 13 other countries. The winning Young Chef and Young Waiter duo will receive a grand prize of $10,000, while the Young Mixologist champion will be awarded $5,000.